of events to mark Fairview’s centennial
By Kevin Kelley
Published Feb. 3, 2010
The city’s Centennial
Committee has officially sanctioned 20 events to celebrate the city’s
100th birthday this year.
Many of the
events are regular activities of community organizations that would
have taken place any year and simply have the appropriation of the
But others are
geared toward the centennial and focus on the city’s history.
of volunteers, an outgrowth of the Fairview Park Community Council,
decided last year to sponsor a series of smaller events throughout
the year to celebrate the city’s birthday instead of one grand event.
centennial celebrations are scheduled in conjunction with Summerfest,
the city’s annual summer festival held at Bohlken Park, and two
key historical dates.
On the evening
of April 6, the Bain Park Cabin Restoration Committee will sponsor
a chicken dinner at the historic landmark. The date marks the 100th
anniversary of when residents of the southern part of Rocky River
Village petitioned the state to create a separate township, named
Goldwood Township. Only 100 tickets for the dinner will be sold
at a price of $20.10 each.
“A lot of things
are going to happen at Summerfest,” said Leah Trainer, co-chairwoman
of the Centennial Committee. At a planning meeting Jan. 27, Trainer
said the committee is planning a birthday cake design contest at
Summerfest, scheduled this year for July 16-18.
organizations already participate in Summerfest and use it as their
main fundraising activity of the year.
Sept. 10 is
considered the official birthday of Fairview Park, as that’s the
day the approved City Charter arrived from the state capitol. As
the date falls on a Friday this year, Fairview High School will
host a home football game, which will include many centennial commemorations.
Also on Sept.
10, Gilles-Sweet Elementary School will gather all its students
for a historic panoramic photograph.
At the Jan.
27 planning meeting, some organization representatives expressed
frustration that many residents aren’t aware 2010 is the city’s
centennial year. A tight budget means the city has not earmarked
any money specifically for the centennial celebration, Mayor Eileen
she hopes public awareness will grow as officially sanctioned events
“I can see as
the year goes on, it will build,” she said.
Park Chamber of Commerce has taken on the task of developing a centennial
logo that will be displayed in all local businesses, Trainer said.
Park Historical Society is working with the Fairview Park Library
branch to create displays on the community’s history, said Deb Shell,
vice president of the society. The organization is also planning
a bus tour of the city’s centennial homes on July 17, Summerfest
Saturday. The historical society’s Bain Park Cabin Museum will also
hold regular hours during the summer, Shell said.
sanctioned centennial events include:
• “A Toast to
Fairview Park,” 7 to 10 p.m. Feb. 20. The wine-tasting event, hosted
by the Fairview Park Junior Women’s Club, will take place at the
American Legion Hall, 22001 Brookpark Road. Tickets are $25 per
• “Ethnic Heritage
Festival,” Sept. 19 at St. Mary Byzantine Catholic Church, 5390
West 220th Street. The all-day event will include food and ethnic
dancing, Deacon Dan Surniak said. “It’s something we’ve been wanting
to do and looking for an excuse to do,” Surniak said.
Parade,” 6:30 p.m., Oct. 30, at Gilles-Sweet Elementary School,
4320 West 220 Street. The Fairview Park PTA Council will reintroduce
a Halloween parade for children, which Trainer said was a popular
community tradition in the 1970s and ‘80s.
The city’s Web
now includes a calendar
listing all sanctioned centennial events, said Bridget Hinkel, administrative
assistant to the mayor and co-chair of the Centennial Committee.
On the Web: